Thursday, July 14, 2011

Patt Morrison for Friday, July 15, 2011


Friday, July 15, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:58:30

Medicine or therapy? Medical schools consider whether key to addiction is more will power or medical intervention

For over a decade, the medical community has debated whether addiction is more of a mental problem that can be treated with talk therapy, spirituality and 12-step programs, or more of a physical problem, like diabetes, that requires continuing medical treatment and perhaps even medication. The 90’s were the “decade of the brain,” until the success of medications like Suboxone—used to treat heroin addicts—made treating addiction look less like a matter for willpower and more like a matter for medical intervention. There’s no silver bullet, but increasingly, medical schools are carving out curriculum space to look at the many variations of addiction in the first accredited residency programs. Physicians describe it as a sea-change in attitude from the nineties, but say the medical profession is at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing the potential it can play in recovery. There’s also pushback from those who run or successfully completed twelve-step and other rehab programs without medical treatment. If you or someone you know has struggled with addiction, what worked for you?



Steven Shoptaw, vice chair for academic affairs and professor in the UCLA Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry; UCLA hopes to accredit a residency program dedicated to addiction medicine in the next year



  • Of the roughly $300 million LA County currently spends on addiction treatment, the vast majority of that goes to rehab programs and not medical relief



Dr. Daniel Alford, oversees the addiction residency program at Boston University Medical Center


PRO 12-step program:

Jerry Fisher, psychologist with Authentic Recovery Centers


TBA, representative from Alcoholics Anonymous




2:06 – 2:19

Will the American World Cup women’s soccer team party like it’s 2011?

The current U.S. national World Cup soccer team is probably sick of being compared to the iconic 1999 team that won it all, in a thrilling match against China at the Rose Bowl.  The ’99 team, with recognizable players like Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett and Brandi Chastain on the roster, not only showed that women’s soccer could be just as entertaining as the men’s games but brought prominence to all of women’s sports.  The 2011 version of the American World Cup team was more anonymous than their predecessors, even as they were heavily favored to win the tournament.  That all changed after a harrowing semifinals game against Brazil that saw several questionable officiating calls go against the Americans capped by a tying goal, literally in the final minute of play, and a win on penalty kicks.  This World Cup team might not change the world of women’s sports but they will go down as one of the toughest and most resilient sports squads ever, having already overcome a disappointing loss against Sweden.  As the Americans prepare to square off against Japan in the World Cup finals we preview the game and look at the character of a ’11 soccer club that might soon get out of the shadow of 1999.




Julie Foudy, former team captain of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, World Cup champion & Olympic gold medal winner; currently a soccer analyst on ESPN




2:21:30 – 2:26

JetBlue Airways says “405 Freeway Closure? We’re So Over It!” (literally)

In an advertisement entitled “405 Freeway Closure? We’re So Over It!,” JetBlue Airways publicized an unusual deal: buy a seat on their “planepool” and fly above this weekend’s traffic gridlock between Long Beach and Burbank airports, all for only $4 or $5 each way. The deal might seem too good to be true, but wait—there’s more! The airline is also offering 40.5% off of their airfare on trips between Las Vegas and either of the afore-mentioned airports. The emergence of what some might call extreme travel options like this underscores the desperation Angelenos are feeling as the closure of the 10-mile stretch on the 405 looms. To what lengths would you go to get to your weekend engagement? What do you make of this flight offer, and will you ascend the heavens to avoid Car-maggedon?



Mark Rogers, regional marketing manager for Los Angeles, JetBlue Airways




2:26 – 2:50

The 405’s closing down tonight – AAACH! But never fear - Dr. Roadmap saves the day with a detour to your destination

Everybody’s heard about the 10-mile stretch of the 405 freeway closing for construction tonight between the I-10 and U.S. 101, but what if you live on the West Side or absolutely MUST drive in that area? For the pessimists, it’s just stay home and watch a two-day TV marathon; and for the determined, it’s try to figure out which detour to take for various city destinations. Which routes will get you where you want to go? Should you stick to your own car or take public transportation? And how will Caltrans and Metro be making your life easier during the shutdown? Ask Dr. Roadmap for your travel options as we countdown to CAR-MAGGEDON!!!



David Rizzo, known as Dr. Roadmap; author, Survive the Drive! How to Beat Freeway Traffic in Southern California. In his book, he helps daily commuters, business travelers, visitors and tourists navigate Southern California's freeways, deal with road rage and help to plan commutes to save travel time.




2:50 – 2:58:30

Countdown to CAR-MAGGEDON begins!

‘Twas the night before the closure, and all through the streets, not a vehicle was stirring, not even a Jeep”…. This evening, freeway ramps on the 405 will gradually close as the 53-hour stint of construction on the Mulholland Bridge begins. Everyone is bracing for the surface street congestion and general frustration soon to ripple through the city, and many have resigned themselves to a weekend of local driving or self-imposed house arrest. But for the braver souls willing to risk the roads, we’ll be discussing exactly what to expect tonight, and for the next couple of days. There’s no harm in praying for as seamless a disruption to L.A. traffic as the 1984 Olympics proved to be, but just in case things don’t turn out that way, Patt is talking with Jeff Baugh, airborne reporter for KNX 1070 News Radio, who will be surveying the freeway construction from his plane throughout the weekend. Join us for the countdown to – CAR-MAGGEDON!!!



Jeff Baugh, airborne reporter for KNX 1070 News Radio



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